Every traveler needs a repertoire of websites to keep up to date on travel conditions, itineraries, hotel, and resort reviews, to plan the perfect vacation. Here is a list of travel websites we can't afford to live without!
Tripadvisor.com – Tripadvisor.com offers the largest community of reviews on the Web. More than 1,000,000 reviews have been written about hotels, resorts, and other travel destinations by travelers who assign a one to five-star rating, all displayed in a ranking style that holds clout. Other perks include more than 9,000 original free destination guides (http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelGuides), TripWatch newsletters offering deals, and a Facebook integrated feature where friends apply push pins on interactive maps to spot visited destinations along with a news feed of their posted reviews and Likes. A word of advice: Tripadvisor is notorious for false reviews by hotel owners. Rely only on the 2, 3, and 4-star reviews.
Bing Travel – Bing Travel offers a real-time fare summary the moment you enter a "To" destination, which lists alternative options for departure and return times for cheaper fares on the same page. It also offers a price predictor tool that gives you recommendations to buy or wait based on an algorithm that analyzes historical data for pricing trends. Bing Travel is quickly gunning to become the lead flight aggregator on the Internet.
Homeaway.com – Looking to escape the blandness of hotel rooms? Homeaway lists more than 200,000 rentals throughout the world, mainly apartments and houses. From Mediterranean style homes on golf courses in Orlando to a quiet hideaways in Europe, its all here.
iAgora.com – Renowned in the international community, iAgora connects people with work, study, and language opportunities abroad. It is also a review resource with more than 90,000 reviews on universities and language schools. Perfect for the extended stay seeker or the study abroad student looking to expand his horizons.